Numerous Highlights From Track & Field's Bi-coastal Weekend
Spending time on both the East Coast at Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational and the West Coast at the University of Washington’s Husky Classic, Academy of Art track & field put together one of its most successful indoor weekends to date. Highlights included the #1 time in the country by Jordan Edwards (Multimedia Communications) in the 400m, NCAA provisional qualifiers in both the men’s and women’s Distance Medley Relays, and more than 14 individual personal records in two days of action.
In Seattle, Edwards took a major step forward in the 400m, dropping a new program record 46.64 that was also the first NCAA automatic qualifying mark of the season for ART U. He would place second of 49 in a field primarily comprised of NCAA Division I talent and rises to #1 in the country at the DII level in the event.
In the 3000m, Valentin Pepiot (Music Production) showed his cross country success could translate to the track as he posted an 8:11.64 which serves as an NCAA provisional qualifier. He was 27th out of 82 and also becomes ART U’s new record holder with this performance.
In the men’s DMR, it was Mack Marbas (Fashion), Edwards, Austin Murray (Game Development) and Pepiot who finished first of six teams with a 9:56.38 collective mark.
The women’s team was comprised of Elizabeth Khuu (Graphic Design), Keanna Moody (Multimedia Communications), Ericka Taylor (Acting) and Kaelyn Harbison (Graphic Design) as they delivered a 12:01.94 to earn the provisional finish as well.
In the 200m in Boston, Atiya Harvey (Multimedia Communications) led the way with a 24.32 that put her 14th out of 228 competitors. This new No. 1 mark for Harvey vaults her up to top six in the entire country.
Mistic Scott (Motion Pictures & Television) lit up the track in the 400m, going 55.82 for a new personal record and the eighth place finish out of 106 sprinters. It would earn Scott an NCAA provisional qualifier as well as make her the third Urban Knight ever to run a sub-56.00 through now five years of indoor track & field at the Academy.
The women’s 4×400m relay left one last shining memory in the minds of the audience as Scott, Harvey, Schae Graham (Fashion Design) and Chante Sneed (Graphic Design) combined to produce the squad’s top time of the year thus far. The quartet went 3:47.98, finishing fifth out of 57 teams and moving into the nation’s top five thus far.
Marlon Britton (Music Production) dropped a new school record of 8.05 in the 60mH up against elite-level NCAA Division I talent. It improves upon his previous mark of 8.13 set earlier this season and further solidifies his NCAA provisional qualifying time.
Roman Skovronski (Web Design + New Media) led the four-man charge in the 400m dash, dropping to a 48.54 for 26th place out of 190 sprinters. He was followed closely by James Steptoe (Music Production) at 48.72 (28th), Asa Guevara (Multimedia Communications) at 48.81 (32nd) and Shaquille Howard (Multimedia Communications) at 48.97 (36th). All four times were NCAA provisional qualifiers and the trio of Skovronski, Steptoe, and Guevara all posted personal bests.
Teaming up for the first time this season, it was Skovronski, Howard, Steptoe and Guevara who turned in the best mark of the year for any four male Urban Knights. The quartet offered a 3:16.62 to place 10th out of 52 teams as well as now top 20 in all of NCAA Division II.